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Match preview: Hartlepool United

28 December 2018

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The Spireites host Hartlepool United in their next National League fixture on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 pm until kick off.

Team News

During Friday’s pre-match press conference, caretaker-manager John Pemberton stated that the Spireites are likely to be without Alex Kiwomya for Saturday’s game.

However, Pemberton gave more positive updates on both Tom Denton and Bradley Barry, by saying: “I’ve just been talking to Tom (Denton) now and he wants a little bit longer so we’ll see how he is in the morning.

“Bradley (Barry) is alright, he’s trained this morning.”


The opposition

The Manager – Richard Money

Money was appointed Hartlepool manager on the 11th of December after Matthew Bates’ spell in charge came to an end.

As a player, he came through the ranks at Scunthorpe United before earning a move to Fulham in 1977 where he went on to play internationally for England B and the Under-21s.

He signed for Liverpool in 1979 and enjoyed a two-season spell at Anfield where he won the European Cup after being part of the squad that beat Real Madrid in the final in 1981.

He went on to have stints at Luton Town and Portsmouth before he went back to Scunthorpe United where he got his first taste of management as caretaker manager in 1989.

After finishing his playing career, Money was appointed as Youth Team Coach at Aston Villa where he developed players such as Dwight Yorke, before being returning to Scunthorpe again as manager in 1993.

He then had roles in player development at Nottingham Forest and Coventry City, before Money travelled abroad to manage AIK Stockholm and Vasteras in Sweden and then Newcastle Jets in Australia.

He came back to England in 2006 when Walsall appointed him as manager. Money led The Saddlers to the League Two title in his first season as boss.

In 2008 he took up the role as head of Newcastle United’s Academy but was back in management when Luton Town appointed him in 2011.

He guided The Hatters to second place in the National League during his first season, however, were beaten in the play-offs on penalties by AFC Wimbledon.

His next port of call was Cambridge United. He took The U’s back into the EFL after beating Gateshead in the play-off Final, and they also won the FA Trophy that season.

Money then moved abroad again, this time as Academy Director for MLS club Atlanta United and then returned to England in a similar role with Norwich City.

After his role at Norwich, Money had a short spell in charge at Solihull Moors in 2017.

One to watch – Liam Noble

The midfielder began his career as a youth player at Sunderland, but didn’t make a senior appearance for the Black Cats and had two loan spells at Carlisle United before making the move permanent in 2012.

He then had a two-year spell at Notts County, before enjoying a successful period at Forest Green Rovers.

Noble captained the Forest Green side that defeated Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the National League play-off final at Wembley in 2017.

He returned to Notts County in January this year, however, Noble left Nottingham just six months later by mutual consent.

After his release from Notts County, he made the move to Hartlepool United and has been a key player for them this season.

The Spireites will have to keep tabs on the midfielder if they are to get all three points on Saturday.


Head to Head
The Spireites have come up against Hartlepool 47 times, winning 23, drawing 15, and losing nine times.

The most recent meeting between the sides was earlier in the season when a well-taken goal by Nicky Featherstone was enough to earn Hartlepool all three points.


From the dugout

John Pemberton on Saturday’s game:

“I think any game is winnable. It’s a game where you’d like to think that we would be competitive in it.

“I’m sure the fans will get behind us. They definitely need the support of the fans, and I think the fans have been really good.”


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